10. Flaxseed or flaxseed oil
Try to consume more food that contains essential fatty acids such as flaxseed or flaxseed oil, consume 1 tablespoon of flaxseed oil once or twice a day. Replace your regular oil with flaxseed oil for salad dressing or simply use ground flaxseeds in your cereal and other food.
11. Cuticle Cream
Apply some cuticle cream on your nails and gently massage on the nails with the creamfor 5-6 minutes. It gives nourishment to the dry cuticles. This cream is very beneficial and effective for brittle nails. Do this at night before going to sleep.
12. Blackstrap Molasses
Did you know that blackstrap molasses can strengthen nails? Drink a cup of hot water or milk, in which a tablespoon of blackstrap molasses has been added, 1-2 times every day for a few weeks to notice results.
Horsetail herb helps strengthen nails. To a cup of hot water, add 2 teaspoons of dried horsetail herb. Cover the cup and allow the herb to steep for 10 minutes. Once it cools, soak your nails in the water for 20 minutes. Let it stay on your nails throughout the night and wear gloves for better results. Repeat 3-4 times in a week.
14. Eat biotin-rich foods
Biotin helps strengthening the weak nails. Consume diet rich in biotin such as cooked eggs, liver, avocado, whole grains, mushrooms, tuna, turkey, salmon, beef, sunflower seeds, peanut butter, sardines, berries, almonds, bananas, soya beans and cauliflower.
15. Beer Soak
Beer is good for much more than a relaxing social drink. Mix ¼ cup of apple cider vinegar and ½ cup of beer in a bowl. To this, add ¼ cup of warm olive oil. Dip your nails in this solution for 10-15 minutes. This remedy should be repeated 1-2 times a week.
16. Drink lots of water
There is no substitute for plain, old drinking water. Nails benefit from drinking water, too. It helps provide hydration to damaged and dry nails.
Vitamins are essential for healthy, strong nails. If your body does not have adequate amounts of vitamin A, vitamin C, and calcium, you could end up with dry and brittle nails. Take multivitamin and calcium supplements every day. Also, eat a diet rich in protein and calcium.
18. Primrose oil
Evening primrose oil is another rich source of essential fatty acid. Take 1,000 milligrams primrose oil supplements 2-3 times a day after meals.
20. Avoid nail polish remover
If possible, never use nail polish remover more than once or twice a month. Never apply a nail polish remover which contains acetone, as acetone can dry and damage your nails.
21. Petroleum jelly
Apply and gently massage with petroleum jelly or thick moisturizing cream to nails 2-3 times a day to hold adequate moisture around and under the nails.
23. Lemon Juice
Squeeze out lemon juice in a bowl, about 2 tablespoons. Dip a cotton pad in it and swipe across the surface of the nail. Massage the remaining juice on your nails and allow it to dry. Rinse your nails in tepid water.
24. Vegetable Oils
If your nails are often exposed to the water, then you must try this simple solution. Apply few drops of any vegetable oil on and around the nails with the help of small cotton ball and gently massage the nails for 5-6 minutes, do this 3-4 times a day.
25. Protect your nails from water
Too much exposure to water makes our nails brittle, so wear hand gloves while cleaning, washing dishes, gardening, swimming etc. Exposure to water is one of the major reasons of nails brittle and dry nails, as water steals away the moisture from our nails and skin.